Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
This fine feathered fellow is a parrot from Bali in a photo I took about nine years ago. I miss the abundance of birds that visited my yard down in Costa Rica. Very few have appeared in this yard. On the other side, to remind me, when I am missing the flowers in my Uvita garden, that I am not without flower options, is a photo of a hanging basket at my daughter's house. I am staying here until my apartment building is completed. I do like the colors in this one. Now that it has hit daily highs in the upper 80's, I am back in my element, and can come outside to the patio as soon as the temps hit the low seventies. Then I can stay nearly all day. I haven't managed to recapture the magic of Costa Rica but it is comforting to be surrounded by green--and not freezing. I finished the first draft of my new novel yesterday. Now comes the hard part of editing, editing, editing. And I know already this puppy needs a lot of revision. I'm taking the day off today and will get back to it tomorrow. I've been puzzling over into which subgenre this new one fits. Maybe paranormal suspense. It's not at all like the trilogy, Power Rising, although there are cameo appearances by the trilogy protagonist, Shannon Kendricks and her companion Luke Quintana. AuthorCathyParker.com